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KILU Newsletter, week 24, 2017-06-15

KILU Newsletter is the Department of Chemistry's internal newsletter.


Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge

Researchers from Lund University and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge. One of the researchers behind the discovery is Tönu Pullerits, from the Division of Chemical Physics.
The study was recently published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials. 
Read more 

Cholesterol - a key player at the lung surface

Cholesterol, a naturally occurring compound at the lung surface, has been shown to have a clear effect on the properties of this nanoscale film that covers the inside of our lungs. Cholesterol levels in this system may affect the lung’s function, according to researchers at Lund University who have published a new study on the significance of cholesterol for lung surface properties. One of the researchers behind the discovery is Emma Sparr, from the Division of Physical Chemistry. The new findings provide new insights into this vital physiological system. Read more

Anna Stenstam, Alumna of Physical Chemistry, is appointed Honorary Doctor of LTH

Anna Stenstam, PhD of Physical Chemistry, is appointed Honorary Doctor with reference to her many years of contributions to LTH’s international collaborations, in connection with MAX IV and ESS, and for her work towards closer cooperation between industry and university. Today Anna Stenstam is CEO of CR Competence which perform research and development of products and processes for the industry.

Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors

Donatas Zigmantas and his colleague Erling Thyrhaug (both from the Division of Chemical Physics), together with researchers from the University of Copenhagen have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms. The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors and in imaging.

In a new study they have studied nanoclusters consisting of 20 silver atoms. For the first time, the researchers managed to measure the exact energy levels and identified that the ultrafast energy flow is linked to the structural changes that occur when light excites these nanoclusters. The process is indescribably fast. It happens in less than one millionth of a millionth of a second. The study was recently published in Nature Communications. Read more

Lo Gorton receives The 2017 DAC-EuCheMS Award

The 2017 DAC-EuCheMS (the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences) Award is given to Lo Gorton, professor of biochemistry and structural biology. This award is presented to a European scientist who has demonstrated significant and sustained achievements in analytical chemistry research or education throughout his or her career.

Researchers in media

Tönu Pullerits was interviewed in Ny Teknik about a new research study in which he together with colleagues from Lund University and from Fudan University in China successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge. Read the article (in Swedish).

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed about his new book about ice cream. Nyhetsmorgon TV4, Sveriges Radio and Landskrona Posten.

Charlotta Turner has written an article in Kemivärlden Biotech about teaching and arranging a chemistry lab with the theme “From alchemy to modern chemistry” in elementary school. Read the article (in Swedish). 

Don't miss....

KILU DAY 2017 – Save the date!

This year´s department day, The KILU day 2017 will be October 12th.

Lund University Student and Staff party & pre-party – 15 September

On Friday, 15 September 2017, there will be a 350th anniversary celebration for all employees and all students at Lund University. It has not been decided when the main event begins, but a guess is that it starts at approximately 18.

Before the main event there will be pre-party, one for each faculty. For students and employees at LTH as well as at the three departments that belong both to LTH and to the Faculty of Science, there will be a joint pre-party on the LTH campus, in the form of a picnic around Lake Sjön (if weather permits). All employees at the Department of Chemistry are welcome to the joint pre-party. The pre-party will start at 14:00.

Sign-up-form for the pre-party:

The sign up form is for current employees and current students (spring 2017). Deadline is June 16.

For students starting in the autumn of 2017 and for new employees after June 16, there will be a chance to sign up later (deadline probably at the end of August).

Information from the library

Information about Interlibrary loans during the summer

The interlibrary loan service is closed from 13 July to 6 August, when the Library at Kemicentrum also is closed. During the rest of the summer the interlibrary loan service is available as usual.

Research funding

On the Department of Chemistry website we have gathered information about research funding on a specific page. Here we publish calls for proposals that come to the attention of the department. Visit the page:


Message from the Information desk and the Library

The Information desk and the Library at Kemicentrum will be closed the 23th of June (Midsommarafton).

Opening hours at Kemicentrum during the summer

Information desk
26 June – 4 August 10.00-12.00
7 August – 11 August 10.00-14.00 (closed for lunch 12.15-13.00)

Regular opening hours from the 14th of August.

7 June – 16 June 10.00 - 12.00 and 13.00-15.00
19 June - 14 July 10.00 - 12.00 (23 June CLOSED)
17 July – 6 August CLOSED
7 August - 18 August 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00-15.00

Regular opening hours from the 21th of August.

The entrances
Work days between 26/6 - 6/8 the entrances are open for those with an entrance card. Weekends during this period only entrance A, B and E are open for those with an entrance card.

Election for the term 2018–2020 at KILU – nominations are welcome

The nominating committee for the election of the head of department, assistant head of department, members of the department board and members of the board of undergraduate studies (GU-nämnd) for the term 2018-2020 has been established. The nominating committee invite employees at KILU to make nominations (only those at the Department of Chemistry who are entitled to vote are entitled to make nominations). Nomination period 13 June – 7 July, 2017. Nominees must be informed and be available.

To make your proposal, send a message to the nominating committee's e-mail address: with the name of the person you want to nominate and the position, along with a brief motivation. On The Department of Chemistry website you can read more about the election (in Swedish):

Ventilation restrictions this summer on the ventilation in building 1 at Kemicentrum

The landlord Akademiska hus will during the summer perform a repair on the ventilation system in building 1 (the fan motors must be replaced). When the work is in progress the ventilation capacity will be limited, which means that it is not possible to work with an open hatch on all fume hoods. Use as few fume hoods as possible. Pull down the hatch on the fume hood if you hear a local alarm from the fume hood. 

The work to replace the fan motors in building 1 begins on Monday 19/6 in the eastern part in accordance with the following timetable. 

Stage 1: June 19-July 30 (fan 1, east part of building 1)
Stage 2: 7 August-1 September (fan 1 and 2, west part of building 1)
Stage 3: 1 September-15 September (fan 2, east part of building 1)

At Lund University

The process for appointing a deputy vice-chancellor is extended

At its meeting on 19 May, the nominating committee found that the process for appointing a deputy vice-chancellor to succeed Eva Wiberg will have to be extended. The extension is necessary to accommodate the University Board’s intention, in accordance with the Electoral College’s request, to present several potential candidates for the post. The continued process will be discussed at the University Board meeting on 16 June.

Welcome to a staff tour of Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art

Skissernas Museum is inviting Lund University staff to a tour (approx. 45 min) of the newly installed collections and ongoing exhibits. Free admission, but places are limited. Time: 20 June at 12.30 and 21 June at 12.30. Sign up by 16 June by emailing

Last but not least...

100 years since the birth of Stig Sunner

Stig Sunner, born on May 13, 1917, was the primary driving force in the creation of Kemicentrum at Lund University.

His doctoral research was conducted in the Department of Organic Chemistry leading to a thesis (1949) on thermodynamic properties of some organic sulphur compounds. His work included the design of a novel type of combustion calorimeter, which for the first time allowed accurate determination of enthalpies of formation of organic sulphur and halogen compounds - data important in theoretical and industrial chemistry.

Sunner’s thesis attracted the attention of thermochemists in USA, and in 1952 he was invited as a visiting scholar for some months to the thermodynamic laboratory of the US Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville, OK, which at that time was a leading laboratory in the development of calorimetric methods. He was much impressed by the open atmosphere at that laboratory and found the scientists much more communicative on scientific matters compared to his experiences from Lund. During his stay in USA, Sunner also visited some larger research institutes, like MIT, Caltech and UC Berkeley. The research environment he encountered in the US made a lasting impression, which came to influence his views about the organization and management of scientific institutions.

Sunner’s visit in Bartlesville brought him in contact with several scientific organizations, especially the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the North American Calorimetry Conference (now called Calcon), which later would lead him into extensive engagements with international scientific projects, in particular regarding standards, nomenclature and compilation of thermodynamic data. Sunner became President of IUPAC’s Physical Chemistry Division (1971-1973) and he received Calcon’s highest honour, the Huffman Award. As a recognition of Sunner’s achievements in thermochemistry, Calcon in 1980 founded the Stig Sunner Award, an annual prize given to young scientists in thermodynamics or thermochemistry.

During the time period 1949 – 1956, Sunner had a position as “docent” in the Department of Organic Chemistry at Lund University. His working conditions then became very poor, especially in relation to his scientific skill and enthusiasm. His situation was noticed by NFR and TFR (now the Swedish Research Council) leading to the formation of a separate research position for him, together with a grant that made it possible to form “The Thermochemical Laboratory” at the Chemistry Department.  In 1977, Sunner was appointed Professor of Thermochemistry. 

In the early 1960s, Sunner formed a vision for a future Center for chemical research and education at Lund University, in which all chemistry institutions at Lund University would form a Center with a joint management of the different departments. Furthermore, important service functions, like workshops, should be shared by all departments of the Center. His ideas were based on his own experiences at the Department of Chemistry and on impressions gained from his many contacts with national and international chemical research institutions.

In order to implement a Chemical Center he carried out an intense lobbying campaign, locally as well as nationally. Kemicentrum was formally established in 1967 and was located in a complex of new buildings that formed one of the largest chemical research institutes in Europe.

Sunner had a failing health in the 1970s, probably partly due to his exceptionally high working pace. He died of a heart attack, Kemicentrum, on June 3, 1980.

Ingemar Wadsö, Professor emeritus in physical chemistry



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